I was taking some pics of a friends dog in the so called 'golden hour' light the other day just to play with my new lens. I was pretty bummed because some clouds rolled in in the distance and blocked the nice moody light. When I got home and started looking at the pics I actually liked what I saw for the most part. My main issue is the subject doesn't really separate from the background all that much. I'd ilke to try this again but actually approach it with a plan this time.
I feel like careful application of a flash would be what I need, but I am am very inexperienced with that aspect of photography. I do have a basic yongnou(sp?) speedlite setup 2x speedlites, stands, and umbrellas. How would set this up? Would just a reflector work? Maybe there is a processing technique that can help.
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Some other thoughts for next time: Don't play with new lens, use 50mm 1.8 or 100mm 2.8 for more compression. Related to that choose a different location with a less distracting background.